So what is the contribution of medical VR apps into modern medicine? And what should we expect from virtual reality healthcare in the future? Let's analyze the recent development in this sphere and see what are the common tendencies regarding technologies used in the medical field these days.
- VR apps in medical training
- Mental health improvement with VR apps
- Physical healthcare advancement with VR
As it was already mentioned, the usage of apps of virtual reality in medicine is getting more popular and common, and since the technological progress is moving faster than ever, now VR apps are dealing with a noticeably wider range of healthcare aspects than a few years ago. So the future of medicine is standing on the new technology of virtual reality.
These days we are about to enter a new stage of medicine, where not only patients might face new, technologically improved treatment of the future, but even the new generations of doctors and other medical personnel will go through changes because virtual reality apps are able to put medical education on the next level. Therefore, modern developers have a lot of space for their ideas.
There can be plenty of benefits of VR in healthcare. When it comes to medical VR apps, there are practically no limitations since the market is still growing. But let's look at some of the ideas in each of the three areas that had already been transformed to live.
VR in medical training
- VR Medical Training for surgeons, dentists, and other medical professionals
We can start with the most common and effective methods of using VR apps in medicine. Using VR in medical education of the next generations of doctors is the best investment in our future healthcare. Now medical students are able to practice their skills without any risk for the patients and still experience the work in the most realistic way: for example, different 3D models of a mouth/teeth or a brain model can be provided for simulation and the instruments that would look and feel like real with all the sensation and feedback they give.
- Life-saving modules with no risk for lives
Medical VR apps can be used for simulating situations of emergency, accidents, or life-threatening situations, so paramedics could train to act under high pressure and gain valuable skills in a quite realistic atmosphere.
Mental health improvement with VR apps
VR medical applications can serve as a great tool when you need to sort of trick your brain, in order to escape, or change the reality. Such tactics are a revolutionary discovery in the sphere of mental health.
- Treatment for PTSD syndrome, phobias, anxieties
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common mental illness among soldiers who had returned from war but haven't left the war behind. In this case, as well as with various phobias and anxieties, medical VR apps can make a great contribution to the mental health of the patients by putting them into a safe and controlled environment to teach them how to cope with their fears and to break their unhealthy behavior patterns.
Thanks to VR applications now people with autism can learn what are the behavior norms just be playing social situations in virtual reality, so it would be more familiar and easier in life. The same model of VR mental health apps can be used for disabled homebound people, only the target of the app will be not to teach them but to improve their living conditions. This way they would be able to experience life outside. Sure, such immersive VR apps are hard to build, considering the complexity of imitating all the aspects of the outside world.
- Virtual reality pain management apps
There is a huge benefit to building a medical VR app that will replace a pain management treatment. In fact, such apps are not working on reducing pain physically, but actually on teaching patients or sometimes tricking their brains in order to cope with the feeling of pain. Such applications might be considered for those who, for instance, are suffering from phantom limb pain, or those who have burn pain.
Such apps are targeted straight to the sensors in our brains that are responsible for pain and pleasure. Therefore, once the pleasure is a dominating feeling in our brains, the pathway for pain is simply blocked. Such medical VR apps have been proven to work more effectively than even morphine.
Physical healthcare advancement with VR
One of the most essential areas of physical health where virtual reality apps can benefit is prototype production. Working on the way to ease prototyping modeling for people and to make it less pricey. It can be extremely comfortable when instead of carrying around the examples of produced models of prototypes that might fit different shapes and sizes in order to suit specific needs of just one client the seller just puts all the models in the iPhone.
With the simple help of mobile devices, it can be possible to reduce the time and money consuming process of shaping the right prototypes and start the actual physical construction of the prototype already after the customer test it in the VR app.
- Helping to overcome bad habits
Medical VR apps can be a perfect helper when it comes to educating people about a healthy lifestyle and the cons of having bad habits, such as smoking, overeating, etc. VR apps can be used for experiencing the consequences of unhealthy habits and looking at them from a different perspective after the demonstration of their influence on our bodies.
Why choose medical VR apps development as a startup?
We have already enlisted one of the advantages of virtual reality in medicine: there is a vast range of areas where VR medical apps may benefit healthcare. However, let’s see how it can be beneficial for businesses in detail.
- Wide range of opportunities
Because of the fact that this market is still developing, there are so many free opportunities. Additionally, the market for VR apps for medicine is still very flexible and eager for new ideas and products. Besides, by starting your business in this industry you are entering a very prosperous market.
- Development of the future
Healthcare has a large interest in the promotion of medical VR apps, therefore, their development is highly requested. Moreover, the medicine requires constant progress in this industry and keeps pushing the limits further and further. Such methods of new treatments can replace the traditional one already in the nearest future.
- Uniqueness and irreplaceability
If you come up with a new product, and you will have plenty of space to create something completely new, there are not going to be many companies to compete with you, so you might be the first to take a profitable and successful niche. If you continue to work on the product and offer improvements and updates, you might take that position for quite a long time.
So if you want to develop a virtual reality app for a hospital you can see that there are lots of ways to go. First of all, it all depends on the aspect of the healthcare niche you are most interested in contributing. However, VR applications also vary a lot in their complexity, design, costs, platforms (iOS or Android), and time for development. Therefore, a custom VR app might require a lot of experience and theoretical knowledge.
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